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Vinyl accounts for less than 1 percent of overall music sales, but it’s been making a bit of a comeback: sales almost doubled between 2007 and 2008 and grew another 33 percent in 2009, according to Nielsen. That’s only 2.5 million records out of a total of more than 370 million albums sold in all formats, but record companies don’t see many growing business areas, so they’re suddenly jumping aboard.

New vinyl hasn’t been this abundant since the mid-1980s–you can even find it in Best Buy and Wal-Mart. I give particular props to independent labels like Merge and SubPop, which issue codes for downloadable MP3s with new vinyl, so I can get them to my iPod almost immediately. Vinyl reissues also seem to be at a 20-year-high–in the last couple of months I’ve picked up new records from bands I haven’t heard since college, like Galaxie 500, Mazzy Star, and the Cocteau Twins.


By reissuing classic albums on vinyl, the industry has convinced fans to purchase music that they’ve already bought on CD

Record geeks rarely need a reason to feel smug, but vinyl hoarders worldwide had reassuring news the other week as Nielsen SoundScan released figures predicting that sales of proper, old-fashioned albums will top 2.8m by the end of 2009. This will mean an increase of almost 1m on last year and the highest annual figure for vinyl sales since SoundScan began tracking them in 1991.

Don’t know when or if this documentary will be/is finished. The trailer looks amazing!! check to read about Frank’s travels in Africa to find and save obscure African records. (there are some great mixes to listen to as well)

The funding trailer for the upcoming documentary film, “Take Me Away Fast”, by Leigh Iacobucci. For more info on the film, please visit and to help support this *very* independent project, please visit and select “Take Me Away Fast”. Thank you!